Smoke in the Valley 2015 – Home Brew Reigns Supreme

Beer Chef Jeff and his Piraat
Hi Kesha
Hi Kesha

As I sit here drinking one of my coveted Captain’s Daughters I am reminded of the great time I had last weekend at Smoke in the Valley. Put on by the same people as Freedom Fest this past July, this was a similar fest only this time located in Seymour and on a much bigger scale. This past Friday was the “kick off” party featuring live music, food trucks and port-o-potties, but the main event was on Saturday with a large spread of breweries, including a huge home brewing presence, and more live music, food trucks and port-o-potties.

After meeting with some of the home brewers at Freedom Fest it was recommended to me that I attend this fest in particular. I can say hands down the home brew tents were my favorite stops of the day, and my favorite beers of the day were all found there too. And I wasn’t alone, 2 of my favorites placed in the top 3! Nothing Sacred Brewing’s Awesomesauce American IPA took first in both the judge and fan vote, and rightly so, think Grapefruit Sculpin but even better. Second place for the judge vote went to Fermentation Faction’s Toasted Pumpkin Brau, which I did not get to taste, and the second place fan vote went to  Krausen Commandos, which I also don’t think I got to taste. The third place judge vote went to Greg Radawich for his Coffee Porter (sorry I’m not a porter guy) and the third place fan vote went to Steiny’s Brewing, who sported both a spicy pepper ale called Last Cup of Sorrow and a delicious IPA called Given to Fly. Great people and brews alike, and I hope to see some of these beers take off locally in the near future.

Any good beer reporter knows a picture is worth a thousand words, and it is therefore much more efficient to take pictures than take notes. Below are some highlights from the fest, including my favorite homebrew(er)s. Or click here to see the full gallery on Facebook.

 

Steiny's Brewing
Bill Steinbacher of Steiny’s Brewing, who took 3rd place in the fan vote, pours his Given to Fly IPA

 

Center Mass Brewery Boot
Center Mass Brewery’s Boot, a nice touch

 

This Rye IPA was tasty too
This Rye IPA was tasty too

 

Nothing Sacred Brewing
Nothing Sacred… showing you exactly that!

 

Front Porch Brewing
Another one of my favorite local brews – a kiwi sour from Front Porch Brewing. Fantastic!

 

This was a cider that contained pineapple, toasted coconut, piloncillo, cinnamon and chilis d'Arbol. Very interesting.
This was a cider that contained pineapple, toasted coconut, piloncillo, cinnamon and chilis d’Arbol. Very interesting.

 

Here's an idea - The Growler Getter which can hold up to 2-64oz growlers with an ice pack wedged between them. 32oz version coming soon.
Here’s an idea – The Growler Getter which can hold up to 2-64oz growlers with an ice pack wedged between them. 32oz version coming soon.

 

Boooooo Frontier boooooooo!!!!!
Boooooo Frontier boooooooo

 

Afterwards these girls didn't think I actually took their picture, they were wrong
These girls thought I “pretended” to take their photo, they were wrong

 

You never know who you'll run into...
You never know who you’ll run into

 

Sculpin - The San Diego Treat
Sculpin – The San Diego Treat

 

SBC had a serve yourself station, I see this taking off...
SBC had a serve yourself station, I see this taking off…

 

Pig Candy comes in a variety of delicious flavors
Pig Candy comes in a variety of delicious flavors

 

Nope
Not usually

 

Beer Chef Jeff and his Piraat
Beer Chef Jeff and his Piraat guarding the Belgian tent

 

Sometimes you find yourself in the right place at the right time...
Sometimes you find yourself in the right place at the right time… thanks Dan!

 

Your questionableness seems familiar to me...
Your questionableness seems familiar to me…

 

Smoke in the Valley must own the entire town of Seymour cause it really took the place over - literally, the festival was in the middle of road!
Smoke in the Valley must own the entire town of Seymour cause it really took the place over – literally, the festival was in the middle of road!

 

Fortunately there were no lengthy port-o-potty lines at this fest, however there was a dangerous hay monster attacking hippies who tried to use them
Fortunately there were no lengthy port-o-potty lines at this fest, however there was a dangerous hay monster attacking hippies who tried to use them, so there’s always something. But at least the hippies were using the provided facilities this time.

 

Nothing Sacred Brewing
And now for the winners… 1st Place goes to Nothing Sacred Brewing and their Awesomesauce!

 

Steiny's Brewing
And Bill Steinbacher placing 3rd in the fan vote!

 

Piraat Booty
And one booty picture for good measure

 

For even more check out the full gallery on Facebook. And I hope to see some of you readers at one of these in the future, I love meeting people so feel free to say hi.

 

2 comments

  1. Awesome write up! Glad you liked the beer too. Mind if we use these photos on the internets?

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